Catbird, HannahK, Billy and Finn: the rise of permanent bracelets

Stores like Catbird are selling clients a more permanent version of friendship bracelets and commemorative jewelry. Julia West recently had a thin gold chain permanently welded around her wrist. West, who works in social media at the Gap, explains, “I have a best friend of almost 20 years now and we grew up together. She and I always tried to do friendship bracelets, and every single time, she would lose the other half of the heart or the locket, so we stopped doing it.” But when Catbird, a popular Brooklyn-based jewelry store specializing in “casual luxury” that’s beloved on social media, started offering permanent bracelets, the now-adult friends found a solution. West says, “I messaged her on Instagram and I was like, ‘Oh, my god, Katie, now you can never lose it.’” The two went to get their bracelets together. West says “it’s really special to have something that is so permanent. I mean, I know that it is able to come off if I need it to, but it’s a nice reminder that she’s there, and she has the same one.” And, West notes, “she obviously hasn’t lost it, which has been amazing.” For jewelers who offer permanent bracelets, welding or soldering a bracelet around a customer’s w...

The Best Luxury Fashion Items You Can Rent — Chanel Earrings, Louis Vuitton Bag & More!

Filling your closet with luxury items doesn’t have to kill your savings account (because as amazing as owning a vintage Chanel quilted handbag would be, you can’t live in it).  From designer handbags to outfit-making statement jewelry, each of these chic choices is available to borrow from a rental or subscription service for a fraction of the full price. (And we’re talking major design houses, from Chanel to Saint Laurent to Marc Jacobs.)  Sure, you have to give your rentals back at the end of the month, but that just means you get to pick out another super-luxe item to rock for another month or so at a time.  These double-C clip-ons give off a vintage vibe that’s also thoroughly modern. (And you don’t even need pierced ears to wear them!) Pair them with a black turtleneck at work for a classic lady-who-lunches vibe, or with your favorite floaty floral dress for a more casual feel. Yes, you can be the proud owner of an LV bag—for a month, at least. The chic chain strap and checkerboard design, accentuated with a sweet pink stripe, literally goes with anything, so you can rock it during errand runs or out to brunch with the girls on the weekend. The round shape of these extra-l...